The Honda CR-Z Hybrid made its debut at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. The CR-Z is a next-generation lightweight sports car concept equipped with Honda’s original gas-electric hybrid system that achieves both clean performance and high level of torque. The CR-Z stands for “Compact Renaissance Zero”, an expression intended to capture the idea of a renaissance in the design of compact cars that begins anew from fundamentals.
The exterior design of the CR-Z is futuristic and dynamic, combining performance in a compact form. For the front fascia, there is an over-sized grille for the high-performance look that is offset by openings on either side to lighten the overall feel. The large 19″ wheels also suggest dynamic driving performance.
The key words for the interior design of the CR-Z are “Hi-tech and Sport.” Honda aimed to create an all-new sporty interior that fused the liberating feel of airy spaciousness with an advanced interface that brought out the fun of driving. Mesh material on a simple framework construction is used throughout the interior to convey a light and sophisticated image. In the cockpit, the meter unit conveys the image of advanced technology ensconced in a piece of glass artwork, offering quick recognition and a futuristic and exhilarating appearance.